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Not many of us are fortunate enough to buy our dream home. This means most of us have to make the best of what we can afford with our living situations. In many cases, this means living in a space that may be a bit smaller that we’d prefer. And unless you have serious space issues like sharing one bathroom between five people, coping with a smaller living space can be done with a few easy steps.
No matter your place, there are a lot of simple yet effective techniques and tricks you can use to make that space feel much, much bigger. Though you won’t gain any square footage, you’ll find yourself feeling less cramped and claustrophobic. One way to take control of your small space is altering the color, textures and patterns of the place. Changing the design is a fundamental way that will affect how you and others will feel in it.
For example, going with a monochromatic color palette will help a room feel more open and airy as opposed to a room with lots of contrast. Choosing accents such a curtains made of light fabrics and furniture with long thin, legs can also contribute to the impression that the space is a lot larger than it really is. Walls and floors can be accentuated with striped elements that help guide the eye horizontally or vertically to create the feeling of additional height or width, as well.
Accepting your small space doesn’t have to mean feeling like you’re always trapped in a phone booth. Mastering some simple elements of design and using psychology to your advantage can help small spaces feel much larger — ultimately making you more comfortable in them. The accompanying guide contains many ideas for making a small space feel bigger. Apply them to your home and it will feel much closer to the dream space you’ve always wanted.